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Paul Gambaccini presents tracks from this week's US charts and hits from the last six decades.

In the feature Headline News [Number One Albums On Noteworthy Days] we hear Let's Hear It For The Boy by Deniece Williams from the Footloose soundtrack album. It was number one on 8 May 1984. On that day Stephen Sondheim's musical Sunday In The Park With George opened on Broadway.

We also hear Rockstar by Nickelback from their album All The Right Reasons. It was number one on 17 October 2005 - the day on which the comedy TV programme The Colbert Report began. In the regular feature The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, tracks are played from LPs by The Hollies and John Mayer.

In A Matter Of Life And Death, Paul celebrates the birthday of Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick by playing the group's hit I Want You To Want Me. We also hear Love Is Strange by Mickey & Sylvia. It is played as a tribute to Mickey "Guitar" Baker, who has recently died. It's Not The Same Old Song highlights Little Darlin' by The Diamonds and a different song with the same title by Marvin Gaye.

Paul continues his countdown of the Top 100 list of songwriters based on success in the American chart from 1955 - 2005. We hear songs written by Barrett Strong (Number 48) and Neil Sedaka (Number 47).

Our R&B number ones are from 1964 - Amen by The Impressions - and this week - Adorn by Miguel. We hear country number ones from 1996 and now by LeAnn Rimes and Florida Georgia Line. This week's featured past and present rock number ones are by Kings Of Leon and The Lumineers. And Locked Out Of Heaven by Bruno Mars is the best-selling song of the week.

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1 hour, 57 minutes

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Sat 22 Dec 2012 20:00